Deliverance and hope

It rained for the first time in three months the other day, a deliverance of a sort. The hurricane Hector had come farther and farther north, closer and closer the whole week as it made its way west from the Baja, then skirted the south part of the island as it roared by, dragging a little rain in its wake. A near miss. No real wind and a little rain. A godsend. The fires had been loose around the island for some time so the crews finally had some needed help. The pastures have begun to green again in quick response.

Deliverance and hope.

But then the news that my brother Bryan had worsened. He had been undergoing treatment for a blood cancer, had endured the lengthy ups and downs of chemo and isolation, a second bone marrow transplant, and surgeries, until the doctors said at this point he was not coming back. His wife and daughter were beyond exhaustion. Bryan awoke long enough to say the sun is good, and he wanted to go to the sun.

There are no coincidences, and today NASA launched the first ever spacecraft toward the sun, designed to spiral in ever closer over many years…

The owl came at dusk and circled once to tell us it was time.

Tonight the Perseids meteor showers blossomed, glowing tears across the sky, sorrow and celebration all at once…

Safe passage Bryan on your journey to the sun… Sail on

6 Replies to “Deliverance and hope”

  1. I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
    I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
    I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend, but I always thought that I’d see you again

    Pete Seeger’s Turn, Turn, Turn also comes to mind.

    Keep hope in your heart.

    1. The news came to me at dawn. The sun orange thru the Florida pines. Gone before us our young brother. Remembrance of a butterfly resting on an outstretched arm. Drawn To a peaceful curious soul. Our brother Bryan ever joyful and receptive to the spark of imagination. Bless be your journey to the sun and beyond.

  2. Think about the sun, Pippin
    Think about her golden glance
    How she lights the world up,
    Now it’s your chance.

    Your sun on earth has set Bryan. You lit up so many lives. Your warmth and brightness will be missed. But I shall seek it every day in the sun.

  3. Iʻm sorry, Richard. I saw one of those shooting stars this morning too. I hope I have someone to put my passing in such glorious perspective as you have done for your brother. Nothing is lost.

  4. it has been a long hard day. perhaps now Bryan’s family can get some rest from all the worries. thanks for all the kind words and thoughts. Bryan is on his way…

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